The William and Audrey Madia Scholarship Fund shall
provide scholarship to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at IUP
majoring in chemistry or physics for educational opportunities.
Bill Madia grew up in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of
Swissvale, along the Monongahela River. Bill was the first person in his family
to attend college. While he was accepted at both Penn State and IUP, he
ultimately chose IUP due to its lower tuition.
Bill worked in the steel mills during the summers, to pay for his education at IUP. He pursued his passion for science
and spent a lot of time in the newly constructed Weyandt Hall. Bill earned his BS in Chemistry from IUP as well as an MS in Physics. He
met his future wife, Audrey De Lawuil at a dance during his freshman year.
attended Texas A&M to earn a PhD in Nuclear Physics, but was drafted into
the army. He served two years in Washington, D.C. conducting top secret
scientific research for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He finished his education
under the G.I. Bill studying nuclear chemistry at Virginia Tech and
graduated with his PhD in a record-setting 27 months.
In 1975, Bill started at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio,
where he spent the first 10 years as a researcher in Battelle’s nuclear
programs before being promoted to lab director in 1985. From 1994–2000 he
served as the director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in
Richland, Washington, and from 2000–03 he was appointed director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
Madia returned to Battelle in 2003 as executive vice president for Laboratory
Operations, where he remained until retirement in 2007. In 2008 he joined
Stanford University as vice president of the Stanford Linear Accelerator
Dr. Madia also became a director of United States
a uranium enrichment company in 2008. He
is a presidential advisor for Nuclear Science and Engineering at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and
for research at Michigan State University
and Princeton University. He is also an advisor for EnerTech Capital Partners. In 1988, Bill received IUP’s
Distinguished Alumni Award. Bill and his wife, Audrey, endowed an annual
scholarship to provide tuition support for an IUP student.
The William and Audrey Madia Scholarship is awarded in the Chemistry Department on even numbered years and in the Physics Department on odd numbered years.
The application will
be due each year by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday following Spring Break in the
Chemistry Department Main Office, 143 Weyandt Hall. This application is only valid on even numbered years.
The award amount for 2018–19: Up to $2,285.
William and Audrey Madia Scholarship Application
2017–18 (Chemistry): Keven Clark and Megan Desmond2015–16 (Chemistry): Dakota Merriles2013–14 (Chemistry): Charles Culbertson2011–12 (Chemistry): Rebecca Beadling and Elyse Kleist